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Michigan's winter forecast

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:00 PM

The lack of wicked weather apparently is clouding the crystal balls of even professional forecasters.

“It's a question many people have asked,” said T.J. Turnage, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids. “The official outlook for the rest of the winter is not really very decisive. It's basically saying we have equal chances of being above or below normal temperature and precipitation.

"The forecasts are very often pretty vague because it's hard to tell that far out," he added.

With no strong indicators, forecasts are based more on the trend over the past few years, according to Turnage — “very much on the warm side and very little snow.”

The forecasters simply don't know.

“The short answer is, it's too uncertain to tell whether we will get back to our cold and snowy setup we're used to from the past,” Turnage said. “I don't have the answer for why there's no snow. ... It's the subject of a lot of research right now.”

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